by The Participator – 6 May 2018
Labour gained 77 seats and the Liberal Democrats gained 75 seats, while the Conservatives lost 33 seats. UKIP lost heavily, losing 123 of 126 seats,. From the BBC:
England local elections 2018
The Tories appeared to be celebrating despite losing seats, it seemed to be because they were expecting a much worse result. From the Daily Telegraph (premium):
Why are Tories so happy? Corbyn has consolidated the far-Left’s hold over a significant slice of the electorate
Perhaps their jubilation wasn’t so surprising though, from order-order we have the overall picture:
Local Government Seats Totals
The article states that the Conservatives are still far and away the biggest party overall with 9,110 seats compared to 6,468 for Labour. Guido notes here that no party has ever won a general election without first being the biggest party in local government. Perhaps the danger of a Corbyn government is not as great as some have feared.
Guido may be close to the mark by highlighting the fact that despite a major effort from Corbyn’s “Momentum” gang, the campaign has really failed to make a significant impact:
Corbynistas’ Spectacular Expectations Management Fail
Guido also reports that a Labour MP had tweeted:
Vote early, vote often, vote Labour!
This week’s quiz puzzle is to spot the problem with that tweet. Clue – Corbyn’s Labour is continuing to oppose voter ID registration (apparently except for internal party elections).
The basic shape of Brexit still hasn’t been decided, there are major splits over a “customs partnership” idea. From Breitbart:
Showdown: EU and Ministers Reject May’s ‘Customs Partnership’
One of Theresa May’s former (?) advisers advised May to drop this customs partnership idea, from order-order:
Nick Timothy Advises May To Drop Customs Partnership
From order-order we also have 8 reasons why Brexiters cannot accept the Customs Partnership idea:
8 reasons Brexiters cannot accept Customs Partnership
The Spectator had an article which noted the ongoing confusion:
Mayday! How Theresa May has been trapped by her enemies and her friends
It is as remarkable as it is depressing that, with less than a year to go until Britain formally leaves, the Brexit inner cabinet is still debating what kind of customs arrangements the UK should be seeking
The way things are going it looks as if we are either heading for no deal, or no Brexit.
The Lords tried to stop the government being able to walk away from the EU with “no deal”. From the Daily Mail (Follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):
Remainer Lords vote to strip Theresa May of ability to walk away from EU with no deal in bid to ‘delay, frustrate and ultimately block Brexit’ as one peer compares PM’s tactics to those of Hitler
Jacob Rees-Mogg responds, from the Express:
Rees-Mogg makes BRILLIANT point about ‘unconstitutional’ Lords Brexit vote
“… you have to ask, what purpose is the House of Lords serving?”
From the Express:
White Britons are now a minority in 4 towns and cities
The Spectator had something on the “Windrush” affair records deletion:
Windrush is just the start: records are being shredded and history deleted
from the 1950s to the 1970s, we even had a name for it, Operation Legacy, ironically enough, whereby the Colonial Office and later the Foreign Office destroyed tens of thousands of documents that would prove ‘embarrassing’ to the government.
Of course we already discussed this at some length last week.
From the Mirror, we have this:
Telford child sex monsters handed almost £2.5 MILLION in legal aid
Also from the Mirror we have this harrowing story:
Girl victim of Britain’s worst child abuse scandal involving 1,000 children fell pregnant six times in four years
There have been a series of “Islamophobia” incidents involving the Conservative Party. We’re not sure if this is a trend of some sort or just a coincidence. Last week we noticed the case of the Bracknell Mayor who “resigned” following claims of Islamophobia and anti-immigration social media posts. This week we have these incidents:
From the Metro:
Tory candidate suspended for photo of bacon on door handle to ‘protect your house from terrorism’
Another case, from inews:
Tory council candidate Karen Sunderland suspended for ‘Islamophobic’ tweets comparing Islam to Nazism
We recalled that back in 2015, the European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor made a similar comparison:
European Jewish leader: Islamic extremists are the new Nazis
An article appeared in the Guardian last week:
Islamophobia not an issue in the British press? You’ve got to be kidding
One of our eagle eyed contributors spotted the fact that the article was written by the:
assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain
We recalled that back in 2015, the Times had published an article about a government investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood:
Muslim Council ‘secretly linked’ to Brotherhood
Britain’s biggest Islamic organisation and its largest Muslim student group have undeclared links to the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist network that has at times incited violence and terror, a government report claimed yesterday.
We also recalled that despite the conclusions of the David Cameron government’s report on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), UK immigration authorities subsequently ruled that MB members were nonetheless eligible for asylum in the UK. From the Middle East Eye:
UK: Muslim Brotherhood members can claim asylum from Egypt
Time magazine published an interview last month with the Saudi Crown Prince:
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Talks to TIME About the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s Plans and President Trump
One, fighting terrorists, get them, kill them or arrest them. Two, fighting extremists. So all the extremist organizations in Saudi Arabia, we treat them as terrorist organizations, like the Muslim Brotherhood. They are very dangerous, and they are classified in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and a lot of countries in the Middle East as a terrorist organization.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, reports that doctors beat the brother of a Christian patient to death when he complained about their failure to treat his sister. From the Pakistan Christian Post:
Doctors and staff kill Christian man on demand of treatment for his sister
We continue to be extremely alarmed about goings on in the UK’s prisons, and we continue to have reason to be. From Breitbart:
Sectarian Killers Threaten UK Muslim Prison Chaplains with Murder
According to this article Tanveer Ahmed, the man who killed Asad Shah (an Ahmadi shopkeeper in Glasgow), is gaining a growing following and has “put out a death warrant” calling on people outside the prison system to kill the chaplains. We really have to wonder how this man is managing to communicate with people outside the prison and gain a following – why is this man not in solitary confinement?
From the Express:
Prisoners released from overcrowded jails spark public risk fears
An article appeared in the American Thinker this week:
The Cost of the United Kingdom’s Energy Policy
Helm estimates that, regardless what the benefits of emission reduction are, the government policies have wasted around £100 billion to date, and the waste will continue to rise unless reforms are made.
For the financially illiterate, that’s an awful lot of money. According to this article, the figure comes from a report from last year by Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy at the University of Oxford. The report can be viewed in full here:
Cost of Energy Review
While we’re on the subject of huge wastes of taxpayers’ money, there is this from the Express:
Penny Mordaunt DEMANDS UK stops giving China a whopping £50MILLION as ‘foreign AID’
From the Express:
Victory against snowflakes as universities face BAN on blocking unfashionable speakers
SNOWFLAKES who ban controversial speakers at UK universities will face a Government intervention on free speech for the first time in 30 years.
Saudi Arabia Inks Deal with Vatican to Build Christian Churches
Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.
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